Professor Pete Coffey received his PhD at Oxford University and was a member of the faculty at Oxford and later the University of Sheffield as Lecturer and Senior Lecturer. He was formerly Professor and Head of Ocular Biology and Therapeutics at University College London’s Institute of Ophthalmology, where he also served as Chair of Cellular Therapies and Visual Science. He currently serves as the Lead of Development, Ageing and Disease research at University College London’s Institute of Ophthalmology and as the Co-Executive Director of Translation at University of California Santa Barbara’s Center for Stem Cell Biology and Engineering.
His achievements include founding the London Project to Cure Blindness, which aims to develop a stem cell therapy for the majority of all types of age-related macular degeneration. Dr Coffey has received many honours and awards, including the prestigious Estelle Doheny Living Tribute Award, Retinitis Pigmentosa International’s Vision Award, the CIRM Leadership Award and the New York Stem Cell Foundation Robertson Prize.